What are thyroid disorders?
Thyroid disorders are very common among Canadians. One out of ten residents are living with a thyroid disorder. Of that number, at least fifty percent are undiagnosed. At Blue Water Medical, we take our patients’ concerns seriously, and we do a thorough examination to identify the cause of our patient’s ailments.
Shaped like a butterfly, the thyroid is a gland located at the base of the neck. The thyroid secretes hormones that control metabolism and are responsible for managing growth and development within the body. Therefore, when the thyroid isn’t properly functioning, it can throw the entire body off. The most common thyroid disorders are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
What is hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid gland does not secrete enough hormones. Hypothyroidism can affect your growth, development, and lower your quality of life.
What are some symptoms of hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism symptoms vary from patient to patient and some go unnoticed completely because they vary based on the severity of the condition. However, some common symptoms include:
- Cold sensitivity
- Heavy menstrual cycles
- Dry skin
- Weight gain
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
What is hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism, also known as an overactive thyroid, is a condition where the thyroid produces too much thyroxine, the hormone that controls growth and development. As a result, there is too much thyroxine running through the body, and patients may exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sudden weight loss
- Menstrual cycle changes
Who is at risk for developing a thyroid disorder?
Anyone can develop a thyroid disorder; however, they tend to run in families. Therefore, if you have a known family history of thyroid problems you should alert your physician. While anyone can develop thyroid problems, women tend to develop thyroid disorders more often than men. Furthermore, thyroid disease often affects people over the age of 50.
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If you think you may be suffering from a thyroid disorder, please contact our Vancouver office to schedule a consultation with one of our experts at Blue Water Medical. To get started, fill out the appointment request form on our site or give us a call at (604) 558-3185.